EDUC 4522A - Senior History Curriculum & Methodology A (UG)

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2014

The course aims to present information on a range of methodologies and develop a variety of pedagogical skills to help students to be better prepared for the start of their teaching career.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code EDUC 4522A
    Course Senior History Curriculum & Methodology A (UG)
    Coordinating Unit School of Education
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact 2 hours per week, in addition to a 2 hour common lecture focussing on Planning and Teaching
    Prerequisites Pass in 6 semesters of History courses- in certain circumstances students with only 4 semesters may be accepted
    Restrictions Available to B Teaching students only
    Course Description The course aims to present information on a range of methodologies and develop a variety of pedagogical skills to help students to be better prepared for the start of their teaching career.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Mr Igor Plisko

    Lecturer: Igor Plisko Location: University Senior College ( Humanities Office at Level 1 Charles Street) Telephone: 83134988 (USC main office)
    Telephone: 83137094 ( Humanities Office at Level 1 Charles Street)
    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1. Knowledge and understanding of the student’s discipline areas.
    2. Cognitive skills in analysing, evaluating and synthesising information
    3. The capacity for critical thinking and problem solving.
    4. Interpersonal skills and communication skills of a high order (developed but not addressed
    5. Proficiency in gathering and sharing teaching resources.
    6. The capacity to engage in reflective practice and professional learning
    7. Demonstrate the ability to work in groups in an engaging and collegiate manner.
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1, 2, 3
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 3, 4, 5
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 3, 4, 6, 7
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 4, 5, 7
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 5, 6
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 3, 6
    A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 1, 4, 6
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 1, 4, 6
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    SACE Stage 1 History and Stage 2 Modern History subject outline. (available from the SACE website: )
    Recommended Resources

    Hayden, T, Arthur, J. Stephen, A, (eds). Learning to Teach History in the Secondary School. Routledge. London

    Taylor, Tony, and Young, Carmel, Making History: a guide for the teaching and learning of history in Australian schools. Students may download from

    Online Learning
    Course materials available on MyUni
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

    Workshop style lectures with extensive opportunities to view and discuss teaching methodology as relates to different levels of schooling. Sessions will include a loosely structured lecture to be followed by open and guided discussions as well as activities emphasising practical teaching strategies. Students will be exposed to multiple resources for their teaching programmes.


    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    Students are required to utilise an equal amount of time in independent study as time spent in lectures. This may involve reading, research or resource gathering. More time may be required to produce summative tasks.

    Learning Activities Summary

    1. The History Teacher; what style of teaching works best for you? Introduction to sources.
    2. Teaching Approaches; preparation, structure, outcomes, advantages, disadvantages, possible pitfalls. 3. Resources and sources; gathering within the school/the community in which you are teaching.
    4. Lesson Planning. Small steps.
    5. Topic and Unit Planning. Looking at the big picture.
    6. Curriculum statements; SACE

  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary

    No. 1 Individual Lesson Plan; Due Time and Date; 5.00pm Friday Week 6 (11th April)
    Weighting; 10%
    Learning Objectives covered; 1, 2, and 5.

    No. 2 Unit Plan; Due Time and Date; 5.00pm Friday Week 8 (9th May)
    Weighting; 90%
    Learning Objectives covered; 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.

    Assessment Related Requirements
    Students in this course are expected to attend all lectures throughout the duration of the course.

    Students are expected to contribute to class discussions and offer professional and constructive criticism to the ideas and plans of others in the class. 
    Assessment Detail

    Summative Task No. 1: Individual Lesson Plan

    · Select a particular topic, concept, micro-unit, etc. of your choice from primary to senior secondary
    · Plan a lesson lasting at least 90 minutes on your chosen topic, concept, etc. The lesson may be at the
      beginning, middle or end of the topic.
    · Your lesson plan will need learning objectives that match the curriculum statements for Stage 1,
      timing for individual activities, student activities, teacher activities, resources needed for both teacher
      and student
    · Be prepared to share and discuss your lesson plan with others in the class. Seek and record relevant
      constructive criticism that is offered by fellow classmates.
    · A template to use will be provided during lectures

    Summative Task No. 2 Topic Plan

    Imagine you are going on leave for four weeks and your replacement is a beginning teacher who needs very thorough details of the topic to be covered in your absence.

    · You are to prepare a TOPIC PLAN for a Stage 1 History topic of your choice.
    · Your time frame is the twentieth century and should be focussed on either Europe or Asia
    · Each student should endeavour to choose a topic not being covered by another student. · The replacement teacher should be able to easily follow your topic plan.

    At the end of the course, it would be envisaged that your topic plans can be distributed amongst your peers and each of you will then have a very thorough starting point for your future teaching. This type of resource sharing is a VITAL part of successful teaching, especially for beginning teachers. Please be open to the process!

    Your finished work must include:

    · An overall topic plan setting out the lesson allocation for the content/activities you intend to present.
    · Four weeks of individual lesson plans, two singles & one double, each 50 mins long.
    · Copies of any handouts for learning activities.
    · Copies of assessment activities. (formative and summative)
    · An example of student evaluation that you will use to assess your effectiveness.

    Both the lesson plan and unit plan will be in a standard format. This will be shown and discussed during the course. A copy of this will also be made available before the due date of the lesson plan. Wherever possible your work should be presented using MS Word, Excel or PowerPoint. This enables sharing and future editing.

    1) Electronic versions of your assignment to be uploaded by you into the digital drop box on the MyUni site for this course.


    2) One hard copy to be submitted via the Student Hub for marking and photocopying of any pages not available electronically.

    Assignment coversheets to be submitted with all work. These can be downloaded from My Uni under Content/Assignments for this course.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

  • Student Feedback

    The University places a high priority on approaches to learning and teaching that enhance the student experience. Feedback is sought from students in a variety of ways including on-going engagement with staff, the use of online discussion boards and the use of Student Experience of Learning and Teaching (SELT) surveys as well as GOS surveys and Program reviews.

    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy ( course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

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